Read Jacob's textbook, Will Write
for Food. In Chapter 2 she writes that the characteristics of a good
food writer are [paraphrased]:
Being passionate about what
you are doing.
Being an enthusiastic
researcher, finding out the maximum possible (not the minimum necessary!) about your
Being energetic, taking
notes, looking up info., interviewing, sometimes working seven days a
week, twelve hours a day.
Being focused on what's most
important, leaving out the rest
Being skeptical, always
questioning stuff you are told, having a sensitive B.S. detector.
Being fearless, being ready
to plunge into things you don't want to do, just to get the assignment done.
Being inquisitive and
curious about the subject.
Being persistent and
relentless, pouring over tons of info. if necessary just for one or two
Becoming knowledgeable about
the subject, learning it inside-out.
Being professional, not
taking intellectual shortcuts.
Being a good storyteller.
Not being stuck in nostalgia,
not dreaming of the "good old days."
Being careful with language,
never being satisfied with turning in something that is "good enough."
Consider: ALL these
characteristics are also necessary to be a successful college student.
a. Which three of these
characteristics would you, personally, consider to be the most difficult?
b. Why would this characteristic
be most difficult for you?
c. How would you overcome that
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